The global box-office is doing bumper business this weekend, fueled by not just the Barbenheimer phenomenon but multiple other titles in the marketplace.
In fact, this weekend was one of the busiest August ones on record with a combined domestic revenue taking of around $180 million – up 90% on last year and even up 19% on the previous year of boffo box-office in 2019.
First up, Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” pulled in another $53 million domestically and officially crossed $1 billion globally with a gross of $1.03 billion by the end of Sunday ($459m domestic, $572m overseas).
It marks only the second film of the year to cross $1 billion, following Universal and Illumination’s family feature “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” which ended with $1.35 billion. Of course, it stayed in the top spot domestically as well.
Coming in second in a tight race was Warners’ giant prehistoric shark film “Meg 2: The Trench,” which opened to an estimated $30 million domestically, that’s notably down on the $45 million the first opened to.
Overseas it took a huge bit with an impressive $112 million haul, including $26 million in China. That gives it a global start of $142 million, already surpassing its reported $129 million production budget.
“Oppenheimer” slipped to third with $28.7 million domestically and $52.8 million overseas – surpassing the half-billion dollar mark worldwide with an end-of-Sunday total at $552.9 million – making it the top-grossing World War II film to date and the biggest non-superhero film in several markets.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” debuted in fourth but still came in ahead of expectations with its domestic haul at $28 million for the three-day and $43 million since its debut on Wednesday. The film’s overseas rollout is being staggered, so it only hit a handful of markets where it took $8.2 million.
Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” is just pushing people away with a 63% second-weekend plunge and a domestic haul of $42 million. Globally the $150 million budgeted film stands at just $59.6 million globally. “Sound of Freedom” was sixth with $7.6 million in its fifth weekend and a strong domestic total of $164 million.
The chances of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” rebounding are slim as the movie ended its fourth weekend with $6 million and a $151 million total domestic gross. Overseas it has earned a further $342 million, meaning it’s just shy of the $500 million mark.
Finally, “Insidious: The Red Door” has now surpassed “M3GAN” as the top-grossing horror film of the year – pulling in $182 million globally.